The Different Types of Window Treatments

A window treatment is an interior decorating element placed on, in, around, or over a window. It can both enhance the aesthetics of the window as well as the room and importantly, provide insulation.

There are a few different types of window treatments available, so it helps to know about the differences between them. Here is some helpful advice about the types of window treatments and the benefits you can expect from each.

Hard treatments

Hard window treatments are made of hard materials like wood or vinyl. These include the following:


Window shuttersare usually fixed to the inside of your window in order to create a decorative effect. They can either be stationary or tilt to allow the desired amount of light into a room. They look particularly good in beach style, rustic, or “shabby chic” style homes. As well as being decorative, interior shutters are also practical window treatments since they allow for privacy, insulation (both heat/cold and sound), ventilation, and light control. In addition, because interior shutters are usually permanent, they add value to your home.

Types of shutters include:

  • Wood shutters
  • Faux wood
  • Poly resin shutters
  • Vinyl
  • PVC


Window blinds have louvers which allow one to open to a view without lifting the shade. A typical window blind is made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of fabric, wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. The cord can then be used to adjust the level of light coming through and allows one to create a customized feel. Types of blinds include:

  • Venetian
  • Vertical
  • Roman
  • Faux wood blinds


Window shades are a piece of fabric which rolls, stacks or folds, allowing full access to the window only when the shade is rolled up. Types of shades include:

  • Roman & Folding Shades
  • Roller Shades

Soft Treatments

Soft treatments are anything made of soft materials and include the following.


Curtains are unlined, stationary window coverings. They can be hung over windows using a curtain rod or decorative pole, and are often held back with tiebacks to let in some light. Curtains can be made of almost any lightweight, sheer or semi-sheer fabric.


Draperies are window treatments made of fabric that’s heavier than what’s usually used for curtains. They can be stationary or mobile, and can be used with fabric tiebacks or fixed holdbacks mounted on either side of a window. Draperies can be lined for the purpose of insulation or light blocking and used with a variety of decorative curtain rods. Common materials for draperies include brocade, chenille, suede and velvet.